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Paws to think about – puppy yoga classes now available in Peterborough

Anyone looking to improve their physical health while spending time with adorable puppies will probably be craving a new class starting in town. Puppy Yoga is the brainchild of Nidhi Panchal, combining the physical and often spiritual benefits of yoga with the mental and emotional benefits associated with playing with puppies.

Nidhi said that Peterborough Telegraph that those who come along don’t need to have any yoga experience or proficiency: “You don’t have to be a yoga enthusiast,” she stressed; “It’s yoga for beginners with simple, relaxed poses and exercises.”

She went on to explain the benefits of having cute little puppies participate in the 35 to 40 minute sessions:

Those who take Puppy Yoga classes don’t have to be yoga enthusiasts. “It’s beginner-level yoga,” says organizer Nidhi Panchal, “with simple, relaxed poses and exercises” (Images: Ruby Red Photography).

“Having puppies running around puts a smile on your face,” she said. “It really helps with your mental health.”

“Animal therapy is one of those things that has been shown to have positive effects on the mind,” she said.

The 27-year-old emphasizes how much the pups, who come from licensed breeders or loving homes, benefit from the sessions. “It’s great for both humans and puppies,” she gushed.

Puppy Yoga’s puppies, provided by licensed breeders or loving owners, benefit from the sessions. “It’s great for both humans and puppies,” says organizer Nidhi Panchal (Images: Ruby Red Photography).

“By the age of eight weeks they have [puppies] must be exposed to new sounds, colors, textures, new people. This class helps their development; helps them become friendlier and more confident.”

Nidhi conducted an initial trial session at Ultimate Performance Lifestyle physical therapy practice in Westwood earlier this month. The class consisted of an experienced yoga teacher, 14 people and eight puppies.

“It went well,” said Nidhi; “Everyone in the class laughed and enjoyed themselves.”

Nidhi, 27, hopes to do more regular classes (‘once or twice a month’) and work with different breeds of puppies in the future.

Puppy yoga sessions last 35 to 40 minutes and are sure to put a smile on your face (Images: Ruby Red Photography).

The next Puppy Yoga courses will take place on December 3rd and 10th. Tickets can currently be booked online through Eventbrite, although a dedicated Peterborough Puppy Yoga website is due to launch within the next two weeks.

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